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Joshua Lundberg of Northborough Volunteers With Adopt-a-Highway

Joshua Lundberg of Northborough was a youth volunteer with the Adopt-a-Highway program.
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    NORTHBOROUGH, MA, January 08, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- In his youth, Joshua Lundberg of Northborough learned the importance of volunteering. Joshua Lundberg of Northborough spent his youth volunteering with numerous programs in order to give back to his community. One program that Joshua Lundberg of Northborough volunteered with was Adopt-a-Highway. Adopt-a-Highway is a program in which organizations provide litter removal for a section of a highway in exchange for having their name posted on a sign on that highway. This program exists in states across the U.S. as well as internationally.

Joshua Lundberg of Northborough chose to volunteer with Adopt-a-Highway because he believes that highway cleanliness is an important part of protecting the environment. When asked to comment on his volunteer work with Adopt-a-Highway, Joshua Lundberg of Northborough stated, "I enjoyed giving back to the community by working with Adopt-a-Highway. It was a formative experience for me and taught me the value of community service." Since then, Joshua Lundberg of Northborough has taken part in numerous other community service projects.

The Adopt-a-Highway program that Joshua Lundberg of Northborough participated in originated in 1980s. James Evans, an engineer who worked with the Texas Department of Transportation, was inspired when he saw litter fall onto the highway from a passing pickup truck. Evans acquired the help of local groups to clean the highway because city litter removal was very costly. A public information officer named Billy Black was also instrumental in the development of the program. He created cleanup schedules, developed safety training for program volunteers, provided safety equipment such as reflective vests, and started the practice of posting Adopt-a-Highway signs.

In 1985, the first group volunteered for the Adopt-a-Highway Program: the Tyler Civitan Club. They took charge of a stretch of highway that consisted of two miles of U.S. Route 69. After this, the Adopt-a-Highway program that Joshua Lundberg of Northborough volunteered for today became very successful. The program exists in 49 states in the U.S. as well as Puerto Rico, Australia, Canada, Japan, and New Zealand. Volunteers across these countries, such as Joshua Lundberg of Northborough, help keep our highways clean by removing litter.

In some states, the Adopt-a-Highway program is slightly different. Also called Sponsor-a-Highway, these programs involve an organization paying professional contractors to clean a portion of the highway in exchange for having their name posted on a sign, rather than actually doing the clean-up themselves. This type of program is generally utilized on high traffic highways where there are safety concerns for non-professionals performing the litter removal.

Joshua Lundberg of Northborough valued his time with the Adopt-a-Highway program because it taught him responsibility. Joshua Lundberg of Northborough learned that someone, somewhere has to take care of each and every mess that is made. In addition, Joshua Lundberg of Northborough learned the importance of sustainability. Joshua Lundberg of Northborough spent much time learning about how trash and litter negatively impact the planet that we live on, and this experience also inspired him to become more sustainable in his life. Joshua Lundberg of Northborough tries to create less trash, he never litters, and he teaches others about the importance of sustainability.

About: Joshua Lundberg of Northborough was a volunteer with Adopt a Highway.

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